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Old September 12th 08, 05:27 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.setup
Vincent[_2_]
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Default Scandisk & format hard disk

I wanted to reinstall WMe. I did a scandisk before reinstallation & received
error msg :
- Scandisk encountered a data error while reading FAT on drive C. This error
prevents Scandisk from fixing this drive.
I also tried to format hard disk & received error msg :
- Checking disk format
Recording current bad clusters
19% completed
Insufficient memory
What could be the problem & how to resolve it ?
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Old September 12th 08, 10:22 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.setup
Mart
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Default Scandisk & format hard disk

Certainly sounds like a failing HDD from here :(

Insufficient memory?


Hmm...

Please confirm that you are trying to run scandisk from your WinMe "Startup
(floppy) Disk", i.e. in Real Mode DOS. and you've NOT chosen option 4)
Minimal Boot. (Use option 2 or 3)

Might also be worth trying the 'unconditional format' switch :-
format c: /u

If that proves successful, be sure to perform a thorough scan (surface
scan).

Still sounds like a failing HDD though. Good luck.

Mart



"Vincent" wrote in message
...
I wanted to reinstall WMe. I did a scandisk before reinstallation &
received
error msg :
- Scandisk encountered a data error while reading FAT on drive C. This
error
prevents Scandisk from fixing this drive.
I also tried to format hard disk & received error msg :
- Checking disk format
Recording current bad clusters
19% completed
Insufficient memory
What could be the problem & how to resolve it ?



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Old September 12th 08, 11:28 AM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.setup
Mike M
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Default Scandisk & format hard disk

Hi Mart,

Beat me to it again! vbg I concur that a failing hard drive seems to be
a distinct possibility here.

The insufficient memory error could be due to the use of a third party
drive overlay or because the drive is bigger, than I think, 64GB. MS
KB229154 may be of relevance ""Your Computer Does Not Have Enough Free
Memory to Defrag the Drive" Error Message"
(http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=229154) which includes as one of the
symptoms the message "Scandisk could not continue because your computer
does not have enough available memory."

When reading KB229154 I was amused to see that it has been updated and now
has as the suggested solution "upgrade your Windows operating system to
Microsoft Windows XP or later." whereas as previously it said "To resolve
this issue, contact the manufacturer of the third-party hard disk tool to
inquire about a possible update to the software that resolves this issue."
--
Mike Maltby



Mart wrote:

Certainly sounds like a failing HDD from here :(

Insufficient memory?


Hmm...

Please confirm that you are trying to run scandisk from your WinMe
"Startup (floppy) Disk", i.e. in Real Mode DOS. and you've NOT chosen
option 4) Minimal Boot. (Use option 2 or 3)

Might also be worth trying the 'unconditional format' switch :-
format c: /u

If that proves successful, be sure to perform a thorough scan (surface
scan).

Still sounds like a failing HDD though. Good luck.


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Old September 12th 08, 12:48 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.setup
Mart
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Default Scandisk & format hard disk

Hi Mike, yes, I did wonder about a drive overlay issue - hence my request
for confirmation of Vincent's method of formatting. IIRC, I would expect
an error report to this effect as an overlayed drive might not be recognised
in RM DOS? (May have to run FDISK??) Jeepers! - It's been a V E R Y long
time.

.. I was amused to see that it has been updated
and now has as the suggested solution "upgrade
your Windows operating system to Microsoft
Windows XP or later. etc., .."


And that was updated 2 years ago!! Things soon become obsolete in this
business. (Remind me to tell you about my 1yr -10m old 40" LCD TV)

Still doesn't change my suspicions of a failing HDD though g

Mart



"Mike M" wrote in message
...
Hi Mart,

Beat me to it again! vbg I concur that a failing hard drive seems to be
a distinct possibility here.

The insufficient memory error could be due to the use of a third party
drive overlay or because the drive is bigger, than I think, 64GB. MS
KB229154 may be of relevance ""Your Computer Does Not Have Enough Free
Memory to Defrag the Drive" Error Message"
(http://support.microsoft.com/?kbid=229154) which includes as one of the
symptoms the message "Scandisk could not continue because your computer
does not have enough available memory."

When reading KB229154 I was amused to see that it has been updated and now
has as the suggested solution "upgrade your Windows operating system to
Microsoft Windows XP or later." whereas as previously it said "To resolve
this issue, contact the manufacturer of the third-party hard disk tool to
inquire about a possible update to the software that resolves this issue."
--
Mike Maltby



Mart wrote:

Certainly sounds like a failing HDD from here :(

Insufficient memory?


Hmm...

Please confirm that you are trying to run scandisk from your WinMe
"Startup (floppy) Disk", i.e. in Real Mode DOS. and you've NOT chosen
option 4) Minimal Boot. (Use option 2 or 3)

Might also be worth trying the 'unconditional format' switch :-
format c: /u

If that proves successful, be sure to perform a thorough scan (surface
scan).

Still sounds like a failing HDD though. Good luck.




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Old September 12th 08, 01:11 PM posted to microsoft.public.windowsme.setup
Mike M
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Default Scandisk & format hard disk

Still doesn't change my suspicions of a failing HDD though g

As I think I may have said in my earlier post, I agree with you 100% here.
I only mentioned the KB as being a possible reason for the rather odd
scandisk error message.
--
Mike


Mart wrote:

Hi Mike, yes, I did wonder about a drive overlay issue - hence my
request for confirmation of Vincent's method of formatting. IIRC, I
would expect an error report to this effect as an overlayed drive
might not be recognised in RM DOS? (May have to run FDISK??) Jeepers! -
It's been a V E R Y long time.

.. I was amused to see that it has been updated
and now has as the suggested solution "upgrade
your Windows operating system to Microsoft
Windows XP or later. etc., .."


And that was updated 2 years ago!! Things soon become obsolete in
this business. (Remind me to tell you about my 1yr -10m old 40" LCD
TV)
Still doesn't change my suspicions of a failing HDD though g


 




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